I am trying to get a cardano node started on a Mac with the new M1 chip. Ive looked through the Installing a Cardano-node walk-through and found that they specify that the Mac install is for Intel chips only. They do say that they are working on a guide for the M1 chip, so this leads me to believe that it is possible. Does anybody have a lead or suggestions as to what the different steps might be?


I also do have Macbook with M1 chip and I use precompiled binaries that ship with Daedalus. It will save you a lot of trouble unless you really want to build it from source.

After you've installed your Daedalus you can sym link cardano-cli binary that comes with it and export CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH env variable and it should be ready to use.

For example if you want to sym link cardano-cli for testnet Daedauls you'd do this:

ln -s /Applications/Daedalus Testnet.app/Contents/MacOS/cardano-cli /usr/local/bin/cardano-cli

and to export CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH env variable you would do this:

export CARDANO_NODE_SOCKET_PATH=~/Library/Application\ Support/Daedalus\ Testnet/cardano-node.socket

Once you do this, and sync your node (by running you wallet) you should be ready to submit transactions and or query blockchain.

  • I think this is the most valid solution right now. Configuring the Testnet is just the same steps as it would be if you had built from the source. Good work around :) Oct 12 at 17:23

Try this guide. Worked for me using Debian in a VM


Unlike the Daedalus wallet these are arm64 binaries which are faster

cardano-cli: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, ARM aarch64

cardano-node: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, ARM aarch64


Though, did you tried installing the node anyway ? I've been trying and it stops at the cabal build all commands, here's the error :

    [3 of 3] Compiling Criterion.Measurement ( src/Criterion/Measurement.hs, dist/build/Criterion/Measurement.o, dist/build/Criterion/Measurement.dyn_o )

cbits/cycles.c:55:2: error:
     error: Unsupported OS/architecture/compiler!
55 | #error Unsupported OS/architecture/compiler!
   |  ^
#error Unsupported OS/architecture/compiler!
1 error generated.
`gcc' failed in phase `C Compiler'. (Exit code: 1)
cabal: Failed to build criterion-measurement- (which is required by
test:cardano-api-test from cardano-api-1.30.1). See the build log above for

Using Rosetta doesn't work either, an error occurs, not the same that without Rosetta :

/var/folders/w5/wm5j4z5s4s9ff4hmkm2bfb4m0000gn/T/ghc17359_0/ghc_1.s:15:2: error:
     error: unrecognized instruction mnemonic, did you mean: eret, ret?
15 |         retq
   |  ^

<no location info>: error:
    Error running clang! you need clang installed to use the LLVM backend
    (or GHC tried to execute clang incorrectly)
`clang' failed in phase `Clang (Assembler)'. (Exit code: 1)

Although I have installed llvm... I am still trying to figure how to go through all this but I don't have plenty of times

  • I get a similar error to the build where you did not use Rosetta. Mine says this cabal: Failed to build plutus-core- Some guy on the Cardano-node discord said he got it working when building from the source, so I don't know what to do. Oct 7 at 20:04
  • Ive decided its not worth my time to figure this out when I can use a Linux Vm. Lemme know if you figure it out though :) Oct 7 at 20:44
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    Well, i still find nothing about it, it looks like it is too soon haha. I managed to make cardano-node and cardano-cli usable through Daedalus App so i might be alright now ! :)
    – farnese
    Oct 8 at 21:09
  • Oh hell yah dude! Im gonna do the same. Did you end up using rosetta as well? Oct 9 at 3:12
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    I am using rosetta yes, well it's not really a problem, if anything needs to be done without it i'll just uncheck that checkbox in the Read informations page of the terminal
    – farnese
    Oct 9 at 13:07

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